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Iwata cuts own salary in half

Nintendo president Saturo Iwata has announced that he and other key executives are to significantly slash their wages. Kotaku reports that in asplendidly Japanese piece of news, Iwata himself will dock his pay cheque by 50 per cent. Other Nintendo directors have agreed to a 30 per cent cut while …

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Iwata: 3DS launch software line-up was too weak

Nintendo’s 3DS handheld has been held back by a lack of quality launch titles, Nintendo’s president Saturo Iwata has admitted. GameSpot reports that Iwata also told investors that it is going to be problematic, once the idea has taken seed, to dispel the belief that the handheld is underperforming on …

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Iwata dismisses free-to-play

The freemium model for video games isn’t just a sector that Nintendo will be avoiding – it’s one that president Satoru Iwata believes actually threatens the health of the industry. "When we look at the entire system of freemium, it’s not always that everyone is happy with the offers," he …

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Nintendo: 3DS has not met expectations

Platform holder Nintendo has admitted that the early performance of the 3DS at retail has fallen some way short of the company’s internal expectations. "I think it’s fair to say that while Nintendo 3DS had a strong launch day, the results since then have not met our expectations," president Satoru …

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3DS eShop inspired by High Street retail

The virtual Nintendo 3DS eShop which went live last week took its design ideas from High Street stores. Designers who worked on eShop, which allows 3DS owners to purchase downloadable games such as Super Mario Land, said they wanted to create a fun shop for browsing – a place where …

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Iwata: Nintendo must look westwards

It’s one of the most prevalent trends of the current generation, and speaking to investors even the president of the world’s most powerful gaming firm has admitted that Nintendo must increasingly look towards the West if it wants to succeed in the modern games market. "There was an era in …

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Nintendo: Kinect not cannibalising Wii

Saturo Iwata has claimed that there’s no evidence that the success of Xbox 360 Kinect has played a part in the slowing of international Wii hardware sales. "When we talk about whether Kinect contributed to significantly expanding the number of Xbox users, the number of Wii users has grown to …

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Harrison: Iwata is wrong

Former Sony Studios boss and general partner at London Venture Partners Phil Harrison has dismissed Saturo Iwata’s recent criticism of the App Store revolution at GDC. "Iwata-san has done an incredible job rebuilding Nintendo over the last few years," Harrison told Industry Gamers. "He is a great leader of that …

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ANALYSIS: The brewing app war – a tale of two CEOs

Two of the most powerful men in games were stood just metres apart at GDC last week, delivering back-to-back keynotes. Yet their ideologies are worlds apart, and couldn’t more accurately convey the creative crossroad the games industry faces. On one stage at the Moscone Centre, San Francisco: Nintendo boss Saturo …

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